Vorbe Wins 2021 SHRPO for $929K; McKeehen, Shorr & Baumstein Among “Big Four” Winners
Table Of Contents
- Dimitri Vorbe Wins 2021 SHRPO Championship
- 2021 SHRPO Championship Final Table Results
- McKeehen & Elias Strike Deal in $25,500 High Roller
- Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller Final Table Results
- Shorr Prevails After Three-Way Deal in Event #35: $2,650 NLH
- Event #35: $2,650 NLH Final Table Results
- Scott Baumstein Wins Event #38: $1,100 NLH
- Event #38: $1,100 NLH Final Table Results
- 2021 SHRPO Results
The 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) recently wrapped up its 43-event series, which catered to a combined 19,881 entries and awarded $21,014,260 in prize pools. The series got off to a strong start when Yuval Bronshtein claimed two titles, while midway through a pair of $50,000 Super High Roller tournaments took place.
Among those to capture titles during the series were Sam Panzica (Event #31: $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $23,185), Matthew Sabia (Event #36: $15,000 NLH Freezeout for $135,515), and Sam Soverel (Event #43: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $293,205).
The series ultimately climaxed with “The Big 4,” a quartet of tournaments that held their final tables at the same time.
Dimitri Vorbe Wins 2021 SHRPO Championship
The $5,250 buy-in SHRPO Championship, which ran from August 6-10, blew by its $3 million guarantee as 1,180 runners generated a $5,723,000 prize pool. That was paid out amongst the top 149 finishers including former champ Blair Hinkle (10th - $100,215), Chance Kornuth (11th - $73,655), Bob Mather (16th - $46,700), Sofia Lövgren (17th - $46,700), Aaron Massey (25th - $27,470), and Brian Hastings (29th - $23,925).
The final table was a stacked affair, but ultimately it was Dimitri Vorbe besting AP Louis Garza in heads-up play to claim the title and $929,365 first-place prize.
“It’s unbelievable,” Vorbe told SHRPO officials after the win. “I dreamed about this, but I did not understand what it would be. It’s a great feeling.”
Vorbe, a recreational player who was born and raised in Haiti before relocating to South Florida, added: “Poker is fun, but a tournament is very, very different. It’s a sport like all the other sports. There’s a physical energy that you have to put into it … The trophy means more to me than anything, because this is an achievement. It means that I started from scratch, and I won. I’m not a professional poker player, and some people spend 20-30 years playing poker professionally and never achieve that.”
2021 SHRPO Championship Final Table Results
|2||AP Louis Garza||$674,285|
McKeehen & Elias Strike Deal in $25,500 High Roller
In Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller, 91 entrants created a $2,247,700 prize pool that was paid out to the top 13 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Bin Weng (13th - $56,195), Barry Hutter (12th - $58,440), John Riordan (11th - $60,690), and Brandon Adams (10th - $62,935).
The tournament ended when the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champ Joe McKeehen and four-time World Poker Tour (WPT) winner Darren Elias struck a heads-up deal. The two were close in chips, but McKeehen had a slight edge to claim the title and $550,990 in prize money while Elias finished as runner-up for $539,125.
“I came in with a lot of chips and had a lot of hands early. I made some nice hands, won some pots and kind of just stayed afloat from that point on,” McKeehen told SHRPO reporters. “I got to three-handed and had some chips. I got a little lucky and that was that.”
It’s just the latest win for McKeehen, who over the summer won a U.S. Poker Open title.
Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller Final Table Results
*Denotes heads-up deal.
Shorr Prevails After Three-Way Deal in Event #35: $2,650 NLH
Event #35: $2,650 No-Limit Hold’em attracted 490 entries, which resulted in a $1,188,250 prize pool. Among the top 62 to make the money were Ankush Mandavia (10th - $23,335), David Toscano (18th - $12,895), and Ilyas Muradi (23rd - $9,100).
The tournament ended when the final three players worked a deal that saw Shannon Shorr claim the trophy and $186,261 in prize money, Aditya Prasetyo finish as runner-up for $170,243, and Mukul Pahuja take third for $141,966.
“Since the pandemic, I’ve been working really hard on my game. I’ve been studying a lot and playing a lot of online poker during the break,” said Shorr, who is expecting his first child. “It’s actually sort of tunneled me into this mindset where I’m actually super motivated to bring my best self and sort of do all the right things on these trips, as opposed to party and waste time. I’m living much more intentionally knowing that I’m going to be a dad.”
Event #35: $2,650 NLH Final Table Results
*Denotes three-handed deal.
Scott Baumstein Wins Event #38: $1,100 NLH
Event #38: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) drew 567 entries and offered up a $567,000 prize pool to the top 71 finishers. Among those to make deep runs but fall short of the final table were Sergio Giha (10th - $10,800), Eric Salazar (14th - $7,175), Angelina Rich (17th - $5,985), and Jason Wheeler (29th - $3,005).
The tournament ended in a four-way deal that saw Scott Baumstein, who had already cashed half a dozen times during the series and made a trio of final tables, claim the title and $81,220 in prize money.
“It was a really good way to cap a really long and grueling series,” Baumstein told SHRPO officials. “I’ve been here grinding almost every day for 20 days and I was able to finally close one out after the chop. I was at the $1K final table last week and had some regrets. So, I did things a little differently this time. I’m happy that it went better today.”
Event #38: $1,100 NLH Final Table Results
*Denotes four-handed deal.
2021 SHRPO Results
|July 22-25||Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH||3,730||$1,249,550||Joseph Rossi||$138,887|
|July 22||Event #2: $400 Limit Omaha 8 (Freezeout)||100||$34,000||Yuval Bronshtein||$6,673|
|July 23||Event #3: $400 HORSE (Freezeout)||82||$27,880||Avery Bloom||$6,903|
|July 25||Event #4: $400 Deep Stack PLO||133||$45,220||Yuval Bronshtein||$10,423|
|July 25||Event #5: $400 Deep Stack NLH||302||$102,680||Clifford Conners||$22,750|
|July 25-26||Event #6: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH||126||$122,220||Richard Menjura||$35,355|
|July 26-28||Event #7: $200 Big Stack NLH||2,056||$328,960||T.K. Miles||$51,560|
|July 26||Event #8: $400 Black Chip Bounty||171||$41,040||Eric Piderit||$10,730|
|July 26||Event #9: $400 Deep Stack PLO||122||$41,480||Rebekah Emmons||$12,475|
|July 27||Event #10: $400 6-Max NLH||217||$73,780||Lunique Petiote||$13,000|
|July 27||Event #11: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8||93||$31,620||Ziya Rahim||$9,065|
|July 28||Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH Freezeout||184||$62,560||Michael Rosen||$11,095|
|July 28||Event #13: $400 6-Max PLO||128||$43,520||Colbert Silva||$7,136|
|July 28||Event #14: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty||333||$36,630||Raminder Singh||$6,256|
|July 26-August 2||Event #15: $600 Deep Stack NLH||4,529||$2,377,725||Jeff Trudeau||$352,200|
|July 29||Event #16: $600 Limit Omaha 8 (Freezeout)||111||$58,275||Scott Matejka||$15,108|
|July 30||Event #17: $600 HORSE (Freezeout)||108||$56,700||Andy Woodmancey||$13,121|
|July 31||Event #18: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 8||140||$73,500||Long Nguyen||$19,605|
|1-Aug||Event #19: $400 Deep Stack NLH||510||$173,400||Frank Russo||$19,205|
|August 1-2||Event #20: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty||177||$177,000||Masato Yokosawa||$44,925|
|August 2||Event #21: $400 Seniors 50+||227||$77,180||Benjamin Robinson||$18,030|
|August 2||Event #22: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty||300||$97,500||Ducarmel Beaubien||$20,860|
|August 2||Event #23: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha||143||$73,075||Tom Guedj||$18,238|
|August 2||Event #24: $150 Big Stack NLH||569||$68,280||Pasquale Calazza||$7,182|
|August 2-3||Event #25: $1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship||87||$84,390||Donny Rubinstein||$27,220|
|August 3||Event #26: $600 6-Max NLH||330||$173,250||Victor Choupeaux||$25,328|
|August 3||Event #27: $600 6-Max PLO||136||$71,400||Logan Howett||$18,055|
|August 4||Event #28: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH||385||$373,450||Neal Corcoran||$76,020|
|August 4-5||Event #29: $50,000 Super High Roller||24||$1,164,000||Chris Brewer||$420,670|
|August 4||Event #30: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty||348||$38,280||Roberto Bendeck||$5,836|
|August 5-6||Event #31: $1,100 HORSE Championship||78||$75,660||Sam Panzica||$23,185|
|August 5||Event #32: $2,200 Deep Stack NLH||300||$600,000||Bin Weng||$99,142|
|August 5-6||Event #33: $50,000 Super High Roller||29||$1,406,500||Zhuang Ruan||$562,600|
|August 6-10||Event #34: $5,250 SHRPO Championship||1,180||$5,723,000||Dimitri Vorbe||$929,365|
|August 8-10||Event #35: $2,650 NLH (Single Re-Entry)||490||$1,188,250||Shannon Shorr||$186,261|
|August 8||Event #36: $15,000 NLH Freezeout||27||$388,800||Matthew Sabia||$155,515|
|August 8||Event #37: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH Freezeout||79||$41,870||David Nowling||$7,227|
|August 9-10||Event #38: $1,100 NLH (Re-Entry)||567||$567,000||Scott Baumstein||$81,220|
|August 9-10||Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller||91||$2,247,700||Joe McKeehen||$550,990|
|August 9-11||Event #40: $150 Big Stack NLH||873||$104,760||Gonzalo Garcia||$21,970|
|August 6-10||Event #41: $2,650 Pot-Limit Omaha||45||$109,125||Ari Oxman||$38,795|
|August 10||Event #42: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH||120||$40,800||Michael Newman||$7,573|
|August 10||Event #43: $10,000 NLH||101||$969,600||Sam Soverel||$293,205|
The next major tournament series scheduled for the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open scheduled for November.
*Images courtesy of SHRPO.
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